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Outspoken Republican nominee Donald Trump in his own words

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has gained a reputation for his bold public comments.

Since launching his campaign for The White House, he has faced criticism for remarks about women, US immigrants and his rival Hillary Clinton.

Here is a round-up of some of the most controversial comments of Mr Trump's career.

:: "I have no intention of ever running for president."

After making this comment during a Time interview in 1987, Mr Trump publicly alluded several times to the White House but suggested that he did not see it as his future.

:: "If Ivanka weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her."

This comment, made by Mr Trump during a 2006 interview on The View - in response to being asked how he would feel if Ivanka were to feature in a Playboy magazine - is one of several comments he has made about his daughter during her teen years.

:: "If Hillary Clinton can't satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?"

Another tweet by Mr Trump - which was swiftly deleted after being posted - in which he quoted another Twitter user making this comment about Mrs Clinton last April.

:: "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists."

While launching his presidential bid in New York in June last year, Mr Trump gave his strong views on immigration, including this attack on Mexican citizens in the US. It provoked a furious reaction from his critics.

:: "Written by a nice reporter. Now the poor guy. You ought to see this guy..."

Mr Trump hit back at an article written by disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski - who has arthrogryposis - by quoting him while doing an impression of him, by stammering and flailing his arms. The New York Times described his behaviour during a South Carolina rally in November last year as "outrageous".

:: "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on."

Mr Trump called for the ban during a speech following the deaths of 14 people in a terrorist shooting attack in San Bernardino, California, in December. He added in a statement that there was "great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population".

:: "I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct. Instead, I will only call her a lightweight reporter."

This tweet, posted by Mr Trump in January, was one of a tirade of insulting Twitter posts about the US television journalist, including a re-tweet of a follower who branded her a "bimbo". During a televised interview with Ms Kelly, the pair called a truce, though Mr Trump pleaded ignorance about some of his comments.

:: "I would bring back waterboarding and I'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding."

Mr Trump showed his support for legalising torture methods as part of his campaign to become the Republican presidential candidate during a debate broadcast by ABC News in February.

:: "There has to be some form of punishment (for women who have abortions)."

In March, Mr Trump spoke during a television interview about how he would ban abortions if he entered the White House. But he changed his position hours later and said instead that he would hold those performing abortions legally responsible.

:: "If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get five per cent of the vote. The only thing she's got going for her is the women's card."

Mr Trump attacked his rival during a campaign speech in April, after John Kasich and Ted Cruz stepped down from the competition to become the official Republican presidential nominee.

:: "In many respects, you know, they honour President Obama. He is the founder of Isis."

Mr Trump accused Mr Obama four times of founding the terrorist group during a raucous campaign rally outside Fort Lauderdale in Florida in August. He has long blamed Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton for pursuing Middle East policies, claiming they created a power vacuum in Iraq that was exploited by IS.

:: "If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know."

The Republican candidate suggested that supporters of the US Second Amendment - which gives citizens the right to keep and bear arms - could take matters into their own hands if Mrs Clinton were to win the election and fill the US Supreme Court with anti-gun judges. The comments were made during a rally event in North Carolina in August.

:: "I have great respect for women. Nobody has more respect for women than I do."

Mr Trump asserted his respect for women during a debate with Mrs Clinton in early October. It came after a 2005 video tape was released showing Mr Trump bragging about groping women and saying he could "grab them by the pussy" because he is a celebrity. He initially dismissed the remarks as "locker room banter" before apologising.

:: "We have some bad hombres here and we're going to get them out."

In the final head-to-head debate with his opponent last month, Mr Trump told of his plan to build a wall on the US-Mexico border if he is elected president.

:: "I will tell you at the time. I'll keep you in suspense."

During the same debate, Mr Trump refused to say whether he would accept the result of the US presidential election if he loses. The comment came after he suggested that the result may be rigged. Mrs Clinton described the remarks as "horrifying".


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